*This blog post was originally published in October of 2017 and has been updated to reflect industry changes.
Common Surgeries You May Participate in as A Surgical Tech
A commonly asked question about careers in surgical technology is, “What exactly will I be doing?”
Among the many responsibilities of surgical techs is assisting surgeons during medical procedures. This can be anything from sterilizing the operating room to passing instruments to the surgeon during an operation. You may also count needles and sponges to ensure nothing is left inside the patient during an operation. Ultimately, it is your responsibility as a surgical technologist to remain composed and assist where and when you are needed.
Keep reading to learn about 5 surgeries you may help with during your surgical tech career.
Also referred to as a C-section, a Cesarean Section is an alternative to vaginal birth where surgery is performed to deliver a baby. C-sections can be planned or unplanned if complications occur. This is typically a safe procedure, but as with all surgeries, it comes with an assortment of risks. However, according to The Office on Women’s Health, C-sections are the most common surgery that women undergo each year followed by hysterectomies.
A hysterectomy is when the uterus (where a baby grows during pregnancy) is removed which stops menstruation and the ability to get pregnant. A hysterectomy may be performed if a woman has unusual vaginal bleeding, endometriosis, or cervical cancer. Most commonly, doctors perform abdominal or vaginal hysterectomies.
An appendectomy is a surgery to remove a patient’s appendix. This procedure typically occurs as a result of appendicitis or an infected appendix. If one’s appendix is not removed, it can burst and discharge bacteria into the abdomen.
Bone Fracture Repair
Bone fracture repair surgery is performed when a patient breaks a bone that is unable to heal on its own inside a cast. Patients undergo this surgery to repair broken bones by using pins, rods or screws to hold the bone in place. Oftentimes, these surgeries occur when a bone is penetrating through the skin.
Lastly, joint replacement is when a patient’s damaged joint is taken out and replaced by a new one. The most common joint replacement surgeries are done on patients knees or hips. These surgeries are performed in order to relieve joint pain and help a patient move better.
Are you interested in assisting surgeons in the above procedures? If so, a surgical tech career may be perfect for you! Before beginning your new career, you must complete Surgical Technology Training. Milwaukee Career College offers hands-on training for Surgical Technologist Certification. Head over to our Surgical Technology Training Program to learn more!